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Jeff Gordon

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (45) / 8/4/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 150

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Jeff Gordon finished 10th in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, which was his 476th career top-10 finish in the Cup series.
Gordon has made six previous starts this season in relief of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He finished 16th or better five times, but could never quite break this barrier. Gordon is second on the all-time top-10 list and his closest active competitor is Jimmie Johnson—151 behind. If Johnson swept the top-10, it would take more than four seasons to catch Gordon. Oct 2 - 7:09 PM

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Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session of the weekend at Dover International Speedway for the Citizen Soldier 400. His top speed was 160.514 mph.

Gordon led a contingent of six non-Chase contending drivers at the top of the chart. Rain plagued this session and might have made the Chasers a little more conservative.
Oct 1 - 11:26 AM

Jeff Gordon had one of his best runs during his part time 2016 schedule at Richmond International Raceway with about 130 of 400 laps in the top 10, but he was shuffled back on a couple of late-race restarts and ultimately finished 16th in the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Restarts were Gordon’s Achilles Heel at the end of his fulltime career, so there was no reason to think this was going to get any better. Still, in straight pick ‘em games, five results of 11th to 16th in six starts have made him an acceptable value. In salary cap games, he is a provisional pick based on how he fits into the roster. His next start will come in three weeks at Dover International Speedway.
Sep 12 - 12:51 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon to substitute for the remaining 12 races, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Gordon will race four more times including this week’s Bojangles' Southern 500; Bowman will take over for the remainder of the season.

Gordon will concentrate on tracks where he has run best in the past. After Darlington, he will race again at Richmond International Raceway the following week, then Dover International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway in October. Bowman will drive the remainder of the schedule. The No. 88 will be an uneven value as the drivers seek chemistry with the team.
Sep 2 - 5:50 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, at least. Alex Bowman will substitute at Michigan International Speedway. Jeff Gordon will climb back behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway.

Providing updates in two-week increments makes it difficult to set one’s fantasy roster, but owners should plan on Earnhardt to be out of the car for some time. If he returns, it will likely take a few weeks for him to get comfortable behind the wheel once more. If Junior returns for Richmond and is still in the top 30 in points, he will have one, last-ditch effort to get into the Chase.
Aug 24 - 6:14 PM

Jeff Gordon challenged for a top-10 in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, but he was shuffled back to 11th following a late-race restart. He was unable to advance and finished in that position after starting the weekend 11th.

It was announced at Bristol that Gordon will not race at Michigan International Speedway regardless of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s health. Alex Bowman will step into the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the Pure Michigan 400, but Gordon might still be needed in his fill-in role. One would like for him to get at least one more opportunity to finish in the top 10 at Darlington Raceway or Richmond International Raceway.
Aug 21 - 10:14 PM

Jeff Gordon qualified 11th for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and made the final round of qualification for the first time since returning from retirement.

Bristol has always been one of Gordon’s best tracks and this is a great opportunity to obtain another top-10. He is moderately priced and should be on any roster where he fits a final niche.
Aug 19 - 7:11 PM

Jeff Gordon is still looking for his first top-10 since returning to the cockpit of a NASCAR Cup car. He finished 13th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first start of the season and was 14th at Watkins Glen International.

Bristol Motor Speedway has traditionally been a good track for him, but he has sagged in recent years. Only half of his last 10 races on this course ended in top-10s. He lost four laps last August due to a lug nut problem.
Aug 18 - 5:16 PM

Jeff Gordon is still getting comfortable behind the wheel of the No. 88 and has not yet scored a top-10 finish. He only has three starts, however, and earned two top-15s.

Gordon would probably have a sweep of the top-15 if not for a freakish accident at Pocono Raceway when his seat belt came undone late in the race. He fell to 27th in the 400-miler, but finished on the lead lap. Last week, he should have contended for a top-10 if not for nose damage sustained early in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen.
Aug 11 - 4:39 PM

Jeff Gordon will make his 800th career Cup start this week at Watkins Glen International and the numbers support a prediction of a strong run. In seven other milestone starts, he has finished in the top-three in all but one event.

Gordon finished 31st in the May 1999 Richmond International Raceway event, which was his 200th start, but he started on the pole that weekend. Notably, despite never finishing worse than third in the other six races, he has also never won.
Aug 5 - 1:31 PM

Jeff Gordon, who will be driving the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS at Watkins Glen, will make his 800th career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend.

He has made all 799 of his career Cup starts while driving for car owner Rick Hendrick. In addition to his four championships (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), Gordon has earned 93 Cup victories, which ranks him third on the all-time wins list. He’s a three-time Daytona 500 winner, a record five-time Brickyard 400 winner and has seven wins at Darlington Raceway. He has racked up 81 poles, which also ranks him third on the all-time pole award winner’s list, 325 top-five finishes, 475 top-10s and has led a total of 24,929 laps in his 24-year career.-Hendrick Motorsports
Aug 3 - 2:32 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least the next two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series due to a concussion and will be replaced behind the wheel by Jeff Gordon, according to reports at NBC Sports.

Watkins Glen International and Bristol Motor Speedway were once strongholds for Gordon and his longer tenure behind the wheel should help the team develop some chemistry. The No. 88 is not an automatic pick by any stretch of the imagination, however, and their status will remain in limbo until Earnhardt’s full time status is revealed, but they will be useful in games that require allocation management.
Aug 2 - 6:39 PM

Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon will join Jimmie Johnson in the back half of the pack on Sunday at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 400. Kahne posted a lap of 175.901 mph and will roll off the grid 23rd; Gordon starts 24th with a lap of 175.706. Johnson starts just outside the top 20 in 21st.

Hendrick Motorsports is struggling across the board in recent weeks. If they are going to turn their season around anyplace, Pocono is a great place to do so. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott ran well here in June and Hendrick is the winningest team in track history.
Jul 30 - 11:53 AM

Tony Stewart finished 11th in his final Crown Royal 400; Jeff Gordon finished 15th, which was "better than last year," according to the driver after the end of the race.

Gordon came out of retirement to help the No. 88 team and finished in the same range as most of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2016 efforts. Stewart ran well enough to finish in the top 10 most of the race, but was hit with a speeding penalty late. Both ran respectably well in what will most likely be their last trip to the Brickyard in a race car.
Jul 24 - 9:00 PM

None of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers advanced into the final round of qualification. Jimmie Johnson had the 13th fastest time, Chase Elliott was 15th best, Jeff Gordon was 21st, while Kasey Kahne failed to make it into the top 24 and starts 26th.

This is significant because Hendrick has been one of the dominant organizations at this track, but with five drivers in the field last year they could not manage to crack the top 10. Discretion says that now is time to leave them in the garage and concentrate on one of the organizations trending up.
Jul 23 - 7:01 PM